Home Renovations: Six simple steps to a sensational shower

(NC) -- You do it every day – and sometimes more than once a day – but how often do you actually think about your shower routine? Does it live up to its potential?

You do deserve the pampering, so with the following six simple steps, your shower escape can become sensational and safe – and all of it with only a minimal investment:

Step 1: Start the Shower

When turning on the shower, are you greeted with a sensational stream, or a wimpy wash? To create a sensational shower, be sure you start with a quality showerhead – and upgrading it is simple. Just unscrew your current showerhead, wrap some plumber's tape around the arm, and screw on the new showerhead. A rainshower, for example, is a popular choice to provide quality coverage – and there are many options at affordable prices.

Step 2: Pamper with Products

Also in the survey, did you know that men cite “having too many items cluttering up the space” is their number one pet peeve in the shower? And while we don't want to part with our favourite body wash, shampoo, or conditioner, it's easy to add a bit of organization with a shower shelf. And for safety, go a step further. Moen says their new Designer Grab Bars with Shelves (in the Home Care line) give you a stylish shelf storage solution. You can get both the corner and straight varieties – while also adding the safety of a grab bar.

Step 3: Stretch Your Space

If you're feeling a bit claustrophobic in the shower, it may be time for an update. But don't think adding additional shower space means adding a lot of cost. You can easily add additional elbow room by simply swapping your straight shower curtain rod with a curved shower rod. Take a look at the easy installation of the Tension Curved Shower Rod. Details at moen.ca.

Step 4: Take a Seat

Would you be more relaxed (and feel more secure while shaving your legs, or washing your feet) if you had a nice place to sit? If your current shower doesn't have built-in seating, there is a wide range of options, from freestanding chairs to more upscale fold-down shower seats featuring teak and stainless finishes. But no matter which you choose, you'll soon see that serenity in the shower feels safer in a seated position.

Step 5: Slip and Slide

It's inevitable in the bath – water is going to create slick surfaces. So, before you step in and shower, be sure that you won't fall flat. For less than the cost of a cup of coffee, you can install treads to the bottom of your shower for some sure footing and added traction.

Step 6: Grab a Towel

Once you're squeaky clean and relaxed, you'll want to reach out for a fluffy, warm towel and climb out of the shower. How can you ensure your towels are close at hand? Install a towel bar just outside the shower area. But don't choose just any towel bar – add extra safety with a towel bar that incorporates a grab bar.

“Our research shows that the most challenging and potentially dangerous bathroom activity is getting in and out of the bathtub or shower safely,” says Jack Suvak, the senior director of market research and insights at Moen. “And, many bathers rely on items such as towel bars or shower door handles, which are not built to hold a person's weight. Our grab bars and towel bars are designed to deliver that kind of security.”


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